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Hospital under pressure due to high demand

A hospital on the Isle of Wight is under such strain that's it's declared itself on black alert.

St Mary's in Newport is experiencing high numbers of medical emergencies and so planned operations have been cancelled to make beds available for patients.

The hospital has asked people to choose which NHS service they use carefully if they feel unwell.

We speak to Shaun Stacey, Chief Operating Officer, Isle of Wight NHS Trust and some patients:

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Lots of emergency admissions puts hospital on 'alert'

Isle of Wight residents needing medical care are being advised to visit their GP, a pharmacy or to call 111 in non-emergency cases.

The plea comes as bosses at the island's NHS Trust say St Mary's Hospital is under 'Significant Black Alert' due to a "more-than-expected" number of emergency admissions overnight. Staff were alerted to the issue at 1am this morning. The alert means that some in-patient and day case surgery scheduled for this week had to be cancelled to make beds available to people who need "immediate care".

Hospital bosses are unsure how long this situation will continue, but they are reassuring residents that calls are being responded to and patients are being treated.

The hospital is extremely busy - more than we would expect at this time of year.

Regrettably, we have had to postpone some surgery. We only do this as a last resort but the current high number of emergency admissions means that we have no choice. We apologise to every patient whose surgery we have had to postpone."

– Shaun Stacey, Chief Operating Officer, Isle of Wight NHS Trust
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